It would probably be an understatement to say that dating is an important part of a teenager’s life.
In one study, researchers found that high school students consistently rated the time spent alone with an opposite-sex partner as the time when they were happiest and most satisfied with life.
Our parents struggled with this same question, especially after my (Michael’s) first serious date as a sophomore in high school.
However, because of that “older brother” thing, he talked me into it.
As the weekend rapidly approached, I still hadn’t asked anyone.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.